Frequently Asked Questions About Labiaplasty

Submitted by Dr. Joyesh Raj on Sat 06/20/2020 - 09:00
Labiaplasty FAQs

An increasing number of women are turning to labiaplasty to treat excess skin and tissue that causes discomfort or noticeable bulging in their external genitalia. However, there is still some mystery surrounding the labiaplasty procedure. Read on as Dr. Joyesh Raj sets the record straight on labiaplasty by answering frequently asked questions.

Why is labiaplasty performed?

Labiaplasty is performed to decrease the size of the labia minora (the inner folds of the skin on either side of the vaginal opening). The goal is for the labia minora not to extend past the labia majora (the outer folds of skin on either side of the vaginal opening).

What causes a woman to have enlarged labia?

Women may have enlarged labia due to aging, sexual activity, childbirth or simply genetic reasons.

What are the benefits of labiaplasty?

In addition to improving the appearance of the female genitalia, labiaplasty also improves personal comfort. The procedure can reduce or eliminate rashes, chafing or irritation of the skin associated with long or oversized labia. Labiaplasty can also make exercise, sexual intercourse and other physical activities more comfortable. Most patients experience a boost in self-confidence after labiaplasty, and many find that their activity level and libido skyrocket due to increased personal comfort.

How long does labiaplasty take?

Labiaplasty takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to perform.

Does labiaplasty hurt?

General or local anesthesia is used to prevent any pain or discomfort during surgery.

What is the labiaplasty recovery like?

Most women take approximately one week off from work to recover. Prescription or over-the-counter medication can alleviate pain or discomfort in the days immediately following surgery; ice packs can also help reduce pain and swelling. Patients are advised to use antibiotic medication to reduce pain and inflammation. Wearing loose clothing and undergarments can help make the recovery process more comfortable.

Patients are also encouraged to avoid exercise and other activities, including sex, that put pressure on the healing wound for four to six weeks. Patients should abstain from using tampons for up to six weeks after surgery.

Does labiaplasty leave visible scars?

When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, labiaplasty does not leave visible scarring. The scars from the incision should be concealed within the natural creases of the skin.

What are the risks of surgery?

Possible risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma
  • Infection
  • Chronic dryness
  • Numbness
  • Decreased vulvar sensitivity
  • Abnormal scarring that causes pain during vaginal intercourse

If you would like more information about labiaplasty and how it can improve your appearance, personal comfort and confidence, request an appointment with Dr. Raj today.